So you think you can cook?

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I’m a little late to the party on this one (at least in New York, where everyone seems to know everything weeks before you do) but I figured it’s worth sharing with you guys that Blue Apron is the bomb.com. Indulge me for just a moment and pretend like you’ve never heard of this meal delivery service before …

Here’s how it works. You select how many people are in your household, what your dietary preferences are (vegetarian, pescetarian or omnivore), the days and times that work best for delivery (I’ve heard that these options depend on where you live but there were a number of them for me) and Blue Apron will send you a week’s worth of meals. The best part? Every single ingredient you need to cook said meal is portioned, packaged and included in the delivery, along with step-by-step instructions and photos of the cooking process. Each recipe has it’s own “recipe card” that’s as big as a piece of paper, printed on nice, thick card stock–a plus for when you spill some oil on it–and can easily be saved for future use.

I have to admit that I was skeptical about it at first and was worried that the cost/week of the meals wouldn’t net out to a reasonable price, but after one week I am totally hooked. Even though I’m not a home cook in the LEAST, I was able to create each recipe with very little difficulty and was super satisfied with the results (which fed two people + leftovers). I tend to buy and make the same meals all the time, and this was a great way for me to try some new foods–freekah! chestnuts! granulated honey!–that I’d never thought to use before.

Want to give it a shot? Learn more about the company here and see what an example recipe (pictures included!) looks like.

*Images via the Blue Apron blog

LGD

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Anyone else in love with grey this winter? I’m not sure why, but I’ve been drawn to clothes in the grey family (particularly little grey dresses) ever since the weather turned cold. So, in honor of my newest palate obsession, I’ve wrastled up some great grey dresses–and one jumpsuit!–from Shopbop that would be perfect for a holiday party or New Year’s Eve fete.

Link love

 

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  1. 15 popular song lyrics everyone misheard in 2014, which made me laugh out loud
  2. This “very indie Christmas” playlist has been on repeat all day at work and it’s just so great
  3. Just bought a couple of these prints to send to family who never fail to make me smile
  4. This peppermint pretzel marshallow fudge looks all kind of amazing
  5. How one girl tried to lose a guy in 10 days, 10 years later… love that the guy is called ‘Miller Lyte’
  6. My new favorite Instagrammer who makes me super homesick for Charleston, SC
  7. Hand-drawn typography tutorial is on my list to learn in the new year
  8. These DIY holiday bitters are a great hostess gift to bring along with you at your next holiday party

Weekend Rewind

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Happy Monday friends – we are coming close to Christmas now, only 10 days out! I luckily had a spare vacation day left, so had a long weekend in Galway which was so nice, so here is a little slideshow of the long weekend.

We walked around the Galway Christmas Market, went shopping throughout town, ate a lot of food at food stalls throughout the town and had delicious pints. I had an excuse to wear my festive “Christmas jumper” and spend hours writing Christmas cards + wrapping presents, which is pretty much my favorite thing to do. It was a great weekend, which will make coming back to work for this week a little rough, but at least we’re very close to another holiday.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and if you’re stuck for some gift ideas – be sure to check out our gift guides from last week with gifts for a sister, a bestie, a host, a dude in your life, a secret santa and a parent.

6 Days of Gifting: We are family

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For the parents that have everything (and say they need nothing, ahem, Moe!) because they deserve a little treat …

1. An ugly Christmas sweater that they’ll wear without a hint of irony because that’s how much they love their team.

2. Champagne flutes with colored stems and words like “pop,” “fizz” and “cheers” to have some cava with a rumor of orange juice in.

3. A mega edition of Monopoly for a game night that might get a touch competitive.

4. Mulling spices to make the entire house smell delicious and festive on a chilly night at the lake.

5. A reminder of how awesome they are with a Bill Murray journal that’ll make anyone smile.

6. Golf shoes with a hint of neon to make them look cool on the links.

7. Loudmouth luggage just the right size for a weekend away.

8. Michael Kors faux-fur slippers because they’re both cozy and remind you of your mom.

Hope you enjoyed this year’s gift guide, friends. We’ll see you back here next week with our regularly scheduled programming. Have a lovely weekend!

6 Days of Gifting: Secret Santa

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For the latest installment of our 6 days of gifting, we have the secret santa. Here’s a few items (all under $20!) that anyone would be surprised and delighted to get from their secret santa, all very colorful and bright!

  1. A stripey iPhone case, $19.95
  2. A cute colorblock beanie, $13.95
  3. Things to jazz up a boring office space: Gold magnetic polaroid frames, $18.50 & Fancy sticky notes, $16
  4. Cute, colorful hairbands, $10
  5. Some lovely notecards, $18,95
  6. A fun journal – work hard, $8.95 and Rifle Paper Co., $12.95
  7. Some fancy boxed pencils, $12.95
  8. Convertible mittens, $19.95
  9. A funny, to-go coffee mug, $1
  10. A very happy coozie, $5